"Gustave" by Cécile Guicheteau.
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
Dimensions: 40 x 40 cm
This work was created in 2016, it is part of 4 different paintings from the "Gustave" series that were presented in 2016 by Cécile Guicheteau for the open-air museum of Montemurro (PZ), winning the prize. The work was created by the artist in the streets of the well-known town using a multilayer graffiti technique. (scuoladelgraffito.it).
Almost five years have passed and naturally we change, feelings change, the we experience them changes, the way of expressing oneself takes its own path. Nevertheless, all of the works remain part of moments of those who created them, like tangible, visible, perceptible DNA. Some works can explain a time in which a set of conditions are presumed to have brought about a change, but creating a work is like crying or laughing, no one would think to ask how tears come out, or why we make noises while laughing. The emotion that the viewer has is part of the moment, it completes the work.
Cécile Guicheteau, 1974 Cholet (FR), is a contemporary artist. After graduating in art from the Pivaut institute in Nantes, for years she has worked in Paris as a decorator for television and collaborated with numerous galleries. In 2008 she published "Tortueuse Fantasy", with Michel Archimbaud, author of the last interviews with Francis Bacon. She has carried out several exhibitions abroad: Italy, USA, Canada, Japan and the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2016 she completed a permanent exhibition at the Di Tucheng Museum in China after spending 45 days there for an artistic residence. In 2017/2018 she exhibited at the Torre dos Cielos gallery in Japan and later won the UNESCO Open-Air Museum project (2019) in Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast. Her works are present in museums and private collections.
She says about herself: I don't try to be a witness of my time, I don't try to comment on anything, the universe that I express is part of my inner world, stuff of writing or legends. All this comes through me and ends up on the canvas together with my experiences. For some time now I have been trying to forget what I have learned in such a way as to let my childish hand guide my work.